Monthly Archives: March 2010

When the Boat comes in…

A new arrival at York yesterday was the Ffestiniog Railway’s “Spooner’s Boat”. I cannot do better than this cracking bit of film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jP7uTC6FIc The Boat will be on display in the Great Hall over Easter. In the background you may … Continue reading

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The steam powered commuter

Today saw a visit by three of our team to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, me to Pickering for meetings and Richard Pearson and Johnny Molloy from the workshop at Shildon to Grosmont to collect and steam crane parts. The … Continue reading

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Foxfield foray

A visit to Cheshire and Staffordshire on Friday allowed me a quick visit to the Foxfield Railway at Blythe Bridge – somewhere I’d not been for 11 years; too long! I have a few friends at Foxfield, most of whom … Continue reading

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Diesel doings

In between meetings at York on Thursday, I popped into the workshop to catch up with the team. Dave Hewson is busy onbody repairs to the class 37 and these are going well.

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The Stockton and Darlington Railway

Ok, so this fantastic looking piece of sculpture isn’t part of the image collections, but yesterday I was doing my new starter induction day and spotted it in the Warehouse (NRM’s open store). It’s a keystone from a decorative arch … Continue reading

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Edward Sholto’s return

For a good many years, I have known railway bookseller Andrew Neale of Leeds, as he caters for my esoteric reading requirements! In 2006, Andrew repatriated the narrow gauge former Penrhyn Quarry Hunslet saddle tank loco “Edward Sholto” from the … Continue reading

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Mini Shildon, a Chinook, a shunt and the Golden Arrow

This weekend just passed saw the very popular Modelmotion event at Shildon, showcasing model railways from around the North East and with many trade stands allowing that special purchase to be made for the layout at home. Despite having lived … Continue reading

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The Roaring Monster takes on Shap

It’s true to say that there’s never a dull day at work, but theyn ,it’s not all play either. Yesterday was one of those pleasant days where I was out of the office – and yes, the emails began to … Continue reading

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Loan check with a difference

At the kind invitation of Simon Layfield, I went down to the Rutland Railway Museum at Cottesmore today to see the NRM’s restored 1954 Shildon built Iron Ore Tippler wagon finally lettered and, surprise, surprise, in use for a photographic … Continue reading

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A day on the road

This morning I pointed the trusty van south and ended up not far off the M1 looking at this 2 foot gauge Hudswell Clarke, Number 1238 for conservation and restoration advice purposes. A real challenge which I know its owners … Continue reading

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